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About Fort Ord Dunes State Park Beach in Marina, California

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a relatively new California state park that protects the beach and dunes for a four-mile stretch south of Marina State Beach. This is an excellent beach with a remote feel below undeveloped bluffs that offers some excellent beachcombing.

The parking area is on the former site of Stilwell Hall, a 52,000 square foot officers club and hall that was part of nearby Fort Ord military base. The main part of the base, which was decommissioned in 1991, is a large inland tract with hiking trails and wild open lands that is now Fort Ord National Monument.

Getting to Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a little tricky. Find Divarty Street near Cal State Monterey Bay in the city of Seaside then head west and follow signs for the park.

Access to the beach at Fort Ord requires quite a walk from the parking lot on the bluff to the beach below. Head south from the lot along the gated paved road until you see a trail on the right and then hike down the sandy gulch. If you don’t want to make that trek, then you can walk out a boardwalk trail to the bluff’s edge and a viewing platform.

The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail runs parallel to Highway 1 for this entire 4-mile park and continues north and south to make a great bike ride.

Beach Range Rd and 8th Street
Marina, CA 93933
Park Name
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Biking, Hiking, Beachcombing, Beach Walking, Fishing
Ocean Overlook, Paved Bike Path, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Historic Sites, Dunes
Map of Fort Ord Dunes State Park Beach
Marina, US
10:00 am, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 58°F
L: 52° H: 61°
Feels like 57.78 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 4.49
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:50 am
Sunset: 8:19 pm
Humidity 82 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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